He’s legendary, a historic Mongolian conqueror named by Time as “one of the most important people
of the last millennium” and among the top 25 political icons “whose legacies have stood the test of time.”Indeed, Genghis Khan is one of the most iconic figures in world history – the perfect subject for a vast display at the Fernbank Museum of Natural Histor. But how in the world does one build a gala around an ancient figure who’s primary claim to fame is killing his enemies?
This was the very conflict we found ourselves facing here at Tony Brewer and Co. recently as The Fernbank approached us to give the “Tony Touch” to their Timeless Affair, an annual black-tie gala. This year’s Oct. 6 event will feature a private viewing of Genghis Khan, a special exhibition showcasing the largest collection of rare 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled.
And that brings us back to the original challenge – how to turn war into beauty!
We faced the challenge head on, focusing on our color palette. Genghis Khan is a strong figure – what shades could really capture that aggressive power, yet remain elegant? The choice was a blend of rich burgundys and golds. Because the Mongols were a nomadic roaming people, we went with hardy flowers in accent arrangements to bring some of that outdoor feel indoors. Though Khan was an Asian leader, we wanted to avoid going to far overboard with a far east theme, instead aiming or a more subtle overall undercurrent of Asian inspiration apparent in small lantern details on table centerpieces. Heavy-duty metallic goblets and chalices finish off the feel of aggressive eminence.
Saturday’s elegant evening also will feature a sunset cocktail hour, a seated dinner, live auction and dancing, in addition to the private viewing. We’ve partnered with the museum for more than a decade to put on the event, providing stunning decor year after year. Will our powerful colors and rustic touches capture that Mongolian feel this year? You tell us – we’ll see you Saturday!